Another area where the Redskins could take advantage of his speed is on special teams. As you can hear him say in the audio of our interview with him he played every possible special team at Stanford. This would be a great ticket to get him on the field while he learned Gregg Williams' defensive schemes.
Alston is projected to be a late second or early third round selection, so he is right in the Redskins' wheelhouse with their initial selection, #53 overall.
Audio of Scout.com interview with Alston
Jon Alston Nitty Gritty
Bio: Two-year starter who totaled 52/9.5/6.5 as a senior. Junior numbers included 62/14/10 when he was an All-Conference selection.
Pos: Explosive linebacker outstanding in pursuit. Fast in every direction, quickly closes on the play and flashes on the scene. Holds his ground against blocks, can pedal in reverse and gets depth on drops.
Neg: Not an instinctive or decisive defender. Takes a
lot of missteps or incorrect angles to the action. Does not always play under
Analysis: A hard-working defender constantly flying around the action, Alston is a one-gap linebacker who should be an asset on special-teams.